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Here's mine: I went to a vigil with about 50 people in the small town of Cheverly, Md. Several people took turns speaking. We sang "Give Peace a Chance." Then we broke up the circle and talked to friends and new aquaintances. The Prince George's Sentinel and the Gazette were both there. We're assuming that the Washington Post was either covering the event over at the White House or had decided this was all beneath them.
-David Swanson

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yes ... and I took all five of my kids

I attend the vigil in the small community of Ben Lomond CA. The limit was 20 people,yet we had 51 at one point. We all lit candles and held signs. Only one person gave us the thumbs down, most passing cars beeped and waved. I think some people even stopped and joined us. Many people brought their children. In the town right next to us, again very small, over 100 people participated. Best sign-"Anything war can do, peace can do better".
Do I think the vigil will persuade King George in any way? No, he doesn't care, never has never will. Do I think we need to have our voices heard, even if he won't listen. Yes I do. Do I think we need to take care of the terrorists? Yes, and the first one that has to go is our president.

Yes, There was a spirited turnout.

About sixty people gathered in a beautiful field in rural West Chazy, NY. First, we silently stood in a circle, reflecting about Cindy Sheehan, and her efforts to honor her son's death and the deaths of more than 1800 soldiers by demanding the truth about the war. Later many spoke of hopes that Cindy's sacrifice and bravery would kindle a movement to end the war and bring it's perpetrators to justice. Next week's film (in Plattsburgh, NY) featuring Cindy's testimony at the Conyer's June 16th hearings was announced. Literature was distributed, and petitions about Lee's Resolution (HR375) were circulated. We all left inspired to carry Cindy's message to the wider community.

There were about 20 of us in Springfield Massachusetts from a couple of school age kids to a 78 year old woman who has been vigiling for years. There was too much energy for us to be silent. We exchanged names and email addresses for future actions, especially around the issue of recruitment education. It felt good to connect and to know others across the US are doing the same.

I lit a candle in my house and prayed like hell.

Me too....

I went, and took my two kids, to a small gathering in Lewisville, NC. The location was only posted late this morning, but we still had 35-40 people turn out. And I spoke by phone with a friend in Chapel Hill where they had a crowd of about 200. I'm anxious to hear the total attendance from all 1800 or so vigils, and dearly hope that the number gets reported in the news.

I went to one in laurel, md... it was good. there seemed to be 60-80 people. at the start, we all stood in a circle, and had a 5 minute period of silence. after that it was a discussion lead by a lady talking about cindy. then a period of open discussion where anyone could speak. people are ready for the war to end and a change. most kept the subject to war but as the group started walking, my discussions with people were more about accountability and the deceptive road to war. we walked down main street and got a few honks. we stood there for about a half hour to be seen and then returned to the starting point. at that time there was a brief discussion about how to keep in touch and then people left. all in all i think it was effective. if nothing else i had time with like minded americans, in person, to talk about these monumental issues. i'm glad i went and would like to do it again only with many, many more people.

Yes, I went. There were 150-200 people there. We stand with Cindy!

At 7:30 over 150 people lined the four corners of the main intersection in Rhinebeck, New York in support of Cindy Sheehan. (pictures to follow) Earlier in the day a dozen people met at the Red Hook, NY office of Congressman John Sweeney and presented a petition to his representative requesting his support for Congresswoman Lee's resolution. Another vigil is planned for 7:30 next Wednesday In Rhinebeck.

I went to the vigil in Tarpon Springs, Florida. There were about 100 people participating. We walked as group from the park where activities began to an intersection located centrally in the Village of Tarpon Springs. We lined the intersection on two sides of the main road( US alt19). The response from passing motorist was supportive with honking horns.I did notice that one Uber-patriot managed to flip us the bird..which only drew smiles from the crowd knowing that our message was well received.

We attended the vigil at the U of MN Agriculture Department's field. There were at least 120 of us on a busy street in St. Paul. Too bad it was windy, but a few of us had candles that stayed lit. I wasn't one of them. There were young and old there and a small chorus sang "we shall overcome" and other songs about peace that I had never heard. We had about 30% of the cars that drove by honked and/or gave us the thumbs up. There was one recorded thumbs down that we saw. At one point our 5 year old got onto the fence, looked around and said quite loudly "there are alot of people here!" which got alot of laughs.

At least 5 police cars and one motorcycle cop drove by in the half hour we were there. All was well in St. Paul.

The turnout was wonderful about 800-1000 people

My wife and I stopped into a rally at Rte 59 and Middletown Road in Nanuet, NY, not too far from the Tappan Zee Bridge. There were well over the planned 200 people there and all were in good spirits. The passing cars were honking their support by a ratio of, I'd guess, 10 to 1. There were candles and hooting. Across the street were more Cindy supporters, but on a third corner stood, at most four or five Bush supporters holding a "support the troops" sign.

The nearly full moon was rising over the Hudson Valley and it was a beautiful sight to behold, but not moreso than the people protesting.

Over 200 people of all ages gathered in the town square to honor the deaths of our soldiers and to support Cindy Sheehan and her efforts. Our host began the vigil with Margaret Meade's infamous quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." One family who attended the vigil made it even more poignant; their nephew was killed in Tikrit on August 12, 2005.

We then stood silently along the main street with our signs and candles for a half an hour as cars passed us by, acknowledging us with a simple wave, thumbs up, or peace sign. We ended with the song "We Shall Overcome" and the thought of holding a weekly/monthly vigil at the same location until this horrible nightmare ends.

I just got back from the vigil in Clarendon and there was quite a good turnout. I would say there were several hundred good souls attending, including Congressman Jim Moran and Ray McGovern. We held a somber silent vigil for about a half an hour and then some good speeches, the keynote by Mr. McGovern. A moving event. BTW, I have some good photos I wish I could post. Any idea where I could upload them to?

I just returned from a vigil in Ithaca, NY. There was 5 minutes of silence and then speakers who talked about Cindy and the movement to organize against the war. It was very touching as the group sang "This Little Light of Mine", knowing that around the country and the world, others were joining in to rally for this important cause.I brought my children, 15 and 11 years old, and during the 5 minutes of silence I thought about what the future might hold for them. So many people have died in this unjust and illegal war, there is no future for those who have died. I prayed that Cindy's cause would result in effective change, and that the higher power will 'change the course' of George Bush's thinking and enlighten him and his cronies with a new 'moral compass'.

Approximately 70 people attended our vigil in Woodward Park. Two other gatherings were planned in other parts of the city, and an additional two in towns nearby.

After a few songs and a time for quiet and reflection, several people gave short readings or shared their thoughts about the war and expressed their gratitude for the sacrifices that Cindy and Casey and other families have made. Two of our local television stations covered the vigil, and our local newspaper, the Tulsa World, I believe.

We have agreed to meet again on September 24 for a rally in support of the Washington DC march.

Thank you Bill and Cindy for organizing our vigil!

I would guess that about 200 were there holding signs and candles on the four corners of the major intersection at UF for 2 1/2 hours. There was a frenzy of horns honking. A Gold Star mom was there. Bless her. She lost her son two years ago.

Virginia Beach, VA is republican country and there was 150+ people at the vigil. There were 3 counter protesters for the war. People had signs and candles and we sang peace songs and patriotic songs. Several people talked about going to DC to the peace march on Sept 24th. The local news covered the event. I was the only one there with Downing Street Memo signs and only one person that I talked to knew what they were. Hopefully many more went home and looked them up.

Eighty-two supporters of Cindy Sheehan attended a vigil outside the Friends Meetinghouse in Yarmouth on Cape Cod. The candlelit vigil was quiet and respectful. People of all ages participated. One woman just arrived from England and said that folks over there are unaware of our peace efforts and strong feelings over the injustice of our pre-emptive strike. She was glad she came and will tell Britains about our communal feelings on the war. Others shared sentiments of support for Cindy and our troops and asked for prayers for all who have died - Americans, Iraqis and others. A young girl of 13 told me that many in her generation are concerned over the state of our country. That gave me hope. The September 24th March on Washington was discussed and people were encouraged to participate.

I just returned from the vigil downtown on Monument Circle. It was lovely, lots of candles, some signs, honks and peace signs from cars passing. There was a group of bikers circling and tooting their horns. Congresswoman Julia Carson was there walking the circle with a candle. A man told me there were nearly 400 people there this evening.

My sister and I took our daughters to the circle for the vigil. We also saw Julia Carson there. I was really impressed with the turnout and the support from passersby. Hooray, Indianapolis!

Virginia Beach, VA is republican country and there was 150+ people at the vigil. There were 3 counter protesters for the war. People had signs and candles and we sang peace songs and patriotic songs. Several people talked about going to DC to the peace march on Sept 24th. The local news covered the event. I was the only one there with Downing Street Memo signs and only one person that I talked to knew what they were. Hopefully many more went home and looked them up.

Great Turnout in Wolfeboro H.N. USA, Earth Tonight… About 60 + in a Very Conservative Area Full of Thinking People…

A Vietnam Vet Defused a situation with words of wisdom followed by handshakes… Making it A even more… Very special night…

Thank U Cindy in the Ditch in Texas and Beth Tom & Friends & All who cane out, stood up,

Where Ever on Earth U Did IT !!!

End this War… Impeach the Bu$h Gangsters 4 their Lies 2 US-A…

Peace & Love 2 U All…

We had a well attended vigil for Cindy with over 200 people. We observed some silence,held candles and then broke into song. Several people spoke; veterans, teachers, clergy, military families, young people. One teenager begged her Mom to drive her to the vigil,while Mom complained that her daughter was too idealistic. The teen planned to go back to her Mom & explain that we had idealists of all ages at the vigil! Everyone was so energized and supportive of Cindy, our hero! People are so grateful that Cindy has sparked the peace movement.

My daughter and I attended one of two vigils taking place in our city. Both were filled to capacity. At our vigil approximately 20 people of all ages met at the home of a peace activist. We held candles and said tributes to Cindy Sheehan for her courageous stand against this war. It was terrific to hear that a bus has been arranged for the trip to the rally in Washington DC in September and that many of those present (including myself) are planning to go.

We had a well attended vigil for Cindy with over 200 people. We observed some silence,held candles and then broke into song. Several people spoke; veterans, teachers, clergy, military families, young people. One teenager begged her Mom to drive her to the vigil,while Mom complained that her daughter was too idealistic. The teen planned to go back to her Mom & explain that we had idealists of all ages at the vigil! Everyone was so energized and supportive of Cindy, our hero! People are so grateful that Cindy has sparked the peace movement.

The crowd of protesters kept growing in Portsmouth NH tonight...more showed than had signed up. There were many candles, honking horns, signs, people of all ages ... several children. I was proud to see OUR children protesting. I felt like I was in the USA again.
We had an American flag displayed upside down -- the international symbol of EXTREME DISTRESS.
Our country has been turned upside down but WE THE PEOPLE will right our flag and WE WILL take back our country. Onlookers stopped by to ask "who is Cindy?" Now they know ...and they want to know more... and want to help.
George "HW" Bush often talked about "a thousand points of light" ... meaning lights of hope. Well, tonight, there were thousands and thousands of points of light spread out across the USA.
God Bless Cindy Sheehan for lighting our path for peace.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God" Matthew 5:9

We had a great turnout here. We had representatives from Military Families for Peace, Iowans for Peace, University of Iowa students, tons of families, kids, retired people, Veterans, lots of dogs who were also wearing signs or t-shirts showing their support, and too many others to list.

We had no television news crews, but there was a big vigil scheduled in a larger town near here where the news agencies are out of. We did have The Daily Iowan show up to interview people.

We had NO counter-protestors.

The cars drove by and honked to show their support and people passing by on the sidewalk also expressed their support. The vigil wasn't organized so some of us Veterans stepped up and asked everyone to have a moment of silence and then we sang, "All we are saying is give PEACE a chance. One student who is from Tipton, Iowa approached me because of my "This Veteran STANDS with Cindy Sheehan" sign and told me she has three friends over in Iraq right now and said that another graduate from her high school had been killed in the war. She thanked me for my service and I hugged her.

You could feel so much love in our gathering and everyone would take turns chanting, "Talk to Cindy!" and other words of encouragement.

We're with you Cindy even if we can't make it down to Crawford. You've started something HUGE and we will stand with you until we can get our troops home where they belong.

I e-mailed about 25 or 30 people today asking them to hold a personal vigil tonight, to light a candle and pray for peace. I lite 3 candles and had my meditations/prayers at the appointed time. My self and 2 others will be driving down to Crawford TX this weekend to support Cindy. We live in beautiful Colorado representing south central part of the state.

great turn out in Amherst - maybe 150 folks of all ages. Broke into groups to talk about the war and Cindy, read the poem her daughter wrote about Casey, culminated in a candle lit walk around the town common - quite a site to see the common encircled in candle light!

There were over 200 of us at the vigil...it was bigger than the last one I attended. Channel 6 was there doing interviews. We sang and met new like minded people. We all believed peace is possible...if given a chance. It is so overwhelming to see people from all walks of life and backrounds joining together with hope for the world.

A small (around 25) but strong group gathered in Fairfield County, Ohio. This is conservative farm country, but many horns were honking in agreement with our signs supporting Cindy and promoting peace. All in all, a beautiful evening meeting with like minds under a nearly full moon.

There were over two dozen vigils in Manhattan tonight with many more in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx. They were all peaceful and were made by permit to keep to a certain amount of people at one time (anywhere from 50-500) depending on where the vigil was located and how much space was allocated. I went to a few of them nearby and there were hundreds of people just at those few and probably many more showed up after I left to go to one of the others.

People were singing songs, lighting candles and sharing in this wonderful bonding experience and it is just the beginning. I lived through Viet Nam and I am seeing the same thing happening here.

Cindy...I know this is not your intention...but you are a spark that is uniting this country...stay the course...we are all behind you.

STAY STRONG CINDY.

There was about 800-1000 people on the Lake Street Bridge linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. The response was great as many drivers honked their horns and waved to us

San Antonio Texas

We represented for Cindy in the Alamo City!

Around 50 of us gathered across the street from the Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital. The responses from passing cars were overwhelmingly positive, many esthetically so. We met mothers who had sons in Iraq, solders from Fort Jackson, and more than a few disillusioned Republicans. As we stood together in the rain, it was clear that we can and will end this absurd war.

There was about 400 people registered, don't know if that many was there or not, but a good crowd. ( I would guess at least 300) Lots of positive support, some "one fingered vicory sulutes", etc.

Here are the pictures I took:

http://users.adelphia.net/~morsedr/mm.htm#CS

In Milwaukee, more than 1000 people got out for a peaceful vigil along Lincoln Memorial Drive at Veteran's Park. It was a completely peaceful vigil, with not a single troll for Bush in sight. Hundreds upon hundreds of cars passed the crowd lined street, honking horns in support, waving and the occasional shout out of positive words from the 'guy' hanging out the window.

The police were very helpful, especially as the large number of "Cindys" overflowed and had to take up positions on the opposite of the busy boulevard.

A couple who had just returned from a stint at Camp Casey was there and addressed the crowd, thanking everyone for their support. A large banner was signed by all and later this week, it will be delivered to Ms. Sheehan in Crawford.

You're in trouble now, mr. bush.

"Bonzo"

I saw just one car with a sign supporting the war.
Most of the passing drivers and/or passengers signaled opposition to
the war.

My husband and I went to the vigil in Tallahassee, FL, in front of the old capitol building. It's a a major intersection, and we had a lot of signs saying "Honk for Peace" and "We Stand with Cindy." There were at least 100 of us, and we felt some very positive energy from the large number of people who honked, some very enthusiastically. Only a few thumbs down from the passing cars. Ours was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Veterans for Peace and the Tallahasssee Network for Justice and Peace. We also had an Iraq war veteran there, God bless him. The vigil was covered by two television stations and the Tallahassee Democrat. It was featured on the 11:00 News on both stations -- lead story on one of them. A wonderful experience and a great outpouring of love and support for Cindy and our troops.

My husband and I went to the vigil in Tallahassee, FL, in front of the old capitol building. It's a a major intersection, and we had a lot of signs saying "Honk for Peace" and "We Stand with Cindy." There were at least 100 of us, and we felt some very positive energy from the large number of people who honked, some very enthusiastically. Only a few thumbs down from the passing cars. Ours was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families for Peace, Veterans for Peace and the Tallahasssee Network for Justice and Peace. We also had an Iraq war veteran there, God bless him. The vigil was covered by two television stations and the Tallahassee Democrat. It was featured on the 11:00 News on both stations -- lead story on one of them. A wonderful experience and a great outpouring of love and support for Cindy and our troops.

I just got back from a vigil in Boulder, CO, in front of the old court house, on Pearl Street, by the war memorial. It sounded like turnout was between 700-800. We couldn't all fit into area in front of the courthouse, and were spilling out into Pearl Street and the surrounding area. The vigil was silent and candle lit, lasting for 45 minutes. The pictures I took are up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottyallen/sets/774461/

Just got back from the vigil in our tiny town of Redway,pop 1450, in way northern California. A dozen people, including a guy who carried the photo of his baby brother, now stationed in Iraq, gathered on the mainstreet (it's about 3 blocks long) with candles and signs, a harmonica, and a few songs. Response was very positive, including one elderly couple who walked by, returned, and said "We support Cindy 100%". Their grandson is about to be sent to Iraq; he's in the Marine reserves. One of the group gave her the number of the GI Rights hotline. As I type there are still three people standing with candles, reluctant to end this vigil.

At least 250 people estimated, cross section of the population, college town.

Impressive meeting with songs and some speeches.

We attended a small vigil (less than 70 people) in Oregon City, Oregon. The community response was very positive.

Just returned from the vigil in the town of Watsonville, CA. About 100 people turned out at the park on Main Street in the downtown section. Lots of horn honkers in support of us as we lined the street. A reporter from the local newpaper was there interviewing participants.

I am guessing that about 400 people arrived peacefully at City Hall, in downtown Sacramento, across from Cesar Chavez park, on a moonlit and breezy evening to stand vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan. Many candles were lit, and a flag-draped coffin stood as silent memorial for our fallen soldiers.

Peacefully, people gathered, and at 7:45, began a 30-minute silent vigil. No babies cried, little traffic noise, and a wonderful nearly-full moon rose over our newly minted city hall. People held testimony silently, some with tears, all reflecting on how this ONE woman, with such a simple gesture, has finally galvanized this country to question this war. God Bless Cindy Sheehan for taking a stand, and outing a false president.

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